Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

2012 September

Reading trouble could mean repeating third grade

Many third-graders could be held back next school year if they fall short of minimum scores on the state reading test. The Third Grade Guarantee, approved last summer by Ohio lawmakers, requires all schools in the state to assess the reading skills of students in kindergarten through third grade by Sept. 30 and provide intervention services to thos...

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New London Chess Club plans first tournament

Messenger photo by Mike Munden London Chess Club organizer Daryl Skinner plays a game at the London Coffee Peddler. London chess player Daryl Skinner hopes his strategy to establish a resource for fellow chess aficionados will draw like-minded players to a club and tournament he is creating. The first annual unrated London Chess Tournament will tak...

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Madison County’s high school marching bands – 2012

(Posted Sept. 25, 2012) Madison County is home to four marching bands from Jonathan Alder, London, Madison-Plains and West Jefferson high schools. All four recently performed at the Madison County Marching Band Festival. Photo courtesy of Lifetouch JONATHAN ALDER MARCHING BAND: (front row, from left) Megan Grigsby, Abigail Gordon, Carly Dubosh, Ele...

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Letter to the Editor: London levy

(Posted Sept. 25, 2012) Although I am not a native daughter of Ohio or of the city of London, I have lived here for almost 18 years and have come to enjoy and appreciate living in a small, rural, relatively safe and family friendly environment. Having been born and reared in New York City, I know what a difference it makes to be able to enjoy a sim...

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Fall recycling drives set

(Posted Sept. 25, 2012) The Madison County/Union County program of the North Central Ohio Solid Waste District is conducting a series of fall recycling drives. For more information, contact Darlene Steele, program coordinator, at (740) 852-3800, ext. 214, or dste...@co.madison.oh.us. No household hazardous waste or tires will be accepted at any of...

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Area Metro Parks offer variety of activities

Messenger photos by Jeff Pfeil Kaylin Babbert, Metro Parks naturalist, describes honey bees to the group assembled during the Metro Five-0 Honey Hike held Sept. 8 at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. (Posted Sept. 25, 2012) The Metro Parks system includes three parks in or near Madison County. For details about any of the following pro-grams, go to...

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Photo: Jackson Twp. firefighters receive valor award

Captain Randy Little and firefighter Jason Burley of the Jackson Township Fire Department received valor awards at Ohios 32nd annual Ohio Fire Service Hall of Fame ceremonies on Sept. 20. On May 21, 2011, their department was dispatched to a house fire on Gantz Road with two children trapped inside. A parent who escaped told the firefighters where...

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2012 Groveport Hometown Car Show

Messenger photos by Rick Palsgrove Kyle O’Rourke, 4, gives it his all at the kiddie tractor pull held at the Groveport Harvest Festival and Car Show on Sept. 22 in downtown Groveport.   Bob Wilson of Groveport (left) talks with Fred Demmler of Logan about Demmler’s 1926 Ford Model T Roadster. A 1959 Chevrolet El Camino sparkles in...

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Family Fun Day set for this Sunday

(Posted Sept. 21, 2012) The Mending Hearts Beating "Family Fun Day" is set for noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 23 at Fairhaven School, 1501 State Route 38 SE, London. There will be food, fun and games, starting with a chili cook-off at noon. Activities include corn hole, a bounce house, silent auction, crafts, face painting, a free-throw challenge,...

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Various repair projects around Prairie Township

Nineteen residents in Prairie Township participated in this years sidewalk improvement program. Tracy Hatmaker, Prairie Township administrator, said the sidewalk repairs cost $22,634, which the residents will repay over 10 years, interest free. Trustees selected Hatmaker to handle interactions with FEMA, which is giving unspecified funds toward the...

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